The new Marvel initiative Marvel Now! is rapidly approaching its launch so the House of Ideas is starting blow out the cover previews to get us all salivating for these new stories. Check out the covers here below.
As previously announced, Marvel NOW! is a new set of stories resetting but not rebooting many of Marvel’s most popular characters and teams. Most of them are at least a curiosity, except one. FF #1 features a new group of heroes fighting for the Future Foundation that aren’t the Fantastic Four we know and love. There’s Ant-Man, Madusa, an anime-ish looking She-Hulk, and uh She-Thing? I haven’t been following this one closely so this female Thing is a real shocker to me especially considering how goofy the character looks. At any rate, the true Fantastic Four still exist in the Marvel Now! Universe in their classic book. Mark Bagley has crafted variant covers to the launch issues of both books that connect.
The cover for Uncanny Avengers #1 has been out for a while and now we have the cover for the second installment. Just by the name of the book you can tell that this new series will be an odd amalgamation of X-Men and Avengers. The story stems from the aftermath of Avengers Vs. X-Men and follows this group of heroes fighting a new threat that only they can defeat together. So it is a new start for the book but it does continue from previous continuity. It should be good for new and old fans alike. The first cover simply revealed who’s on the team. This cover gives a little hint at what the major threat might be. John Cassaday uses a pretty familiar motif for the particular super villain being revealed on this cover.
Greg Land brings on this cover art from Marvel NOW! Iron Man #2. Honestly Land’s art is usually pretty good, but this mosaic style cover just comes off a little confusing and messy. This story, as was revealed with the release of the Iron Man #1 features the man of iron tracking down Extremis suits being auctioned to the highest bidder. The story in issue #2 seems a bit odd, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Iron Man travels to a remote island named New Camalot where he must do battle with a cult of hi tech mech-knights.
In Thor God of Thunder #2 Thor is on the hunt in current time, the future, and the past for a destructive force that is literally murdering gods! Cover art here from Esad Ribic is pretty great as it offers up the less is more approach to cover art.
Marvel is quick to remind us that each of these printed books will come with codes for free digital downloads of the issue and that they will all also feature some form of augmented features that will be viewable via the free Marvel AR app.